- Age Range: 7-12 on admission
- Capacity: Up to 3
- Gender: Boys and Girls
- Length: Medium to long
- Location: North Curry (Near Taunton)
The Orchard is a detached house set in beautiful surroundings on the Somerset levels, in a hamlet near the village of North Curry. Despite the very rural surroundings, there is good public transport and the county town of Taunton is close by.
The home is surrounded mostly by fields of cows and sheep. There are grassed gardens where we can choose to eat and socialise during summer months, and a neighbour’s friendly ginger cat pays a visit every now and then.
It is a safe, warm and welcoming home where we support children and young people to learn better ways to cope and express their emotions, and to learn to self-regulate and keep safe.
We strive to give them a positive part of childhood where they have both achieved and made lifelong happy memories. We also pride ourselves on attention to detail, shown in the small, homely and meaningful touches that make a house a home. In this we look to create childhoods that are much more than simply ‘good enough’. We provide well-planned and managed placements and genuine care for children and young people, enabling them to thrive and work towards achieving positive outcomes.
“I had a detailed and positive conversation with the head teacher of the child’s school who talked about the good working relationship with the home.”
Regulation 44 comments, October 2019
Permanence-planning is our overall focus for any young person who comes to live at The Orchard. From the very start of the placement we work on specific areas, focused on delivering the best possible outcome for permanence. These could be:
- Preparation for independence
- A return home
- Move to a placement closer to the family
- Return to a previous placement
- Foster care
- Working towards full time education within mainstream school.
To discuss availability, please talk to our Placements Team by calling 0800 389 8708.